I must admit it was quite a new experience for me, a city kid through and through, to be boarding a train heading to the rural areas in the northern state of Kelantan for my first homestay experience. As a young adult relishing the comforts of a modern world, I wondered how I’d fare in […]
Silence hangs heavily in the air. The sun is just rising on the graves of 3,908 soldiers at the Labuan Commonwealth Cemetery. Located along Jalan Tanjung Batu, the cemetery, also known as the World War II Memorial, was constructed and is maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission. It honours men of the Australian land and […]
The scent of freshly cut jasmine wafts through the air. The kolam decorated intricately with rice powder is a riot of colours. Deepavali treats such as murukku, omapoodi and sweetmeats are prepared for guests.
Preparations are under way for the big celebration of Deepavali in households throughout Malaysia.
Interested in learning more of the ancient traditions of parang making in Sabah?
Drop by Kampung Siasai in Kota Belud, on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. The village is famed for its handmade parangs made by the Bajau community.
A parang, a medium-sized tool or weapon, looks like a long blade or machete, has been handmade by the Bajaus for generations. It is used for clearing land, cutting meat and also as wall decorations.
Place: Marine Ecology Eco Research Centre (MERC) Location: Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah “This is called the chocolate chip starfish. Look at the brown spots on its skin!” “Looks very much like chocolate chips!” Sarah, a volunteer at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC), held the starfish firmly in […]
There comes a time in every urbanite’s life when you grow sick and tired of the burger and fries, the instantly prepared mee goreng from the mamak, and the quick pizza delivered to your home in less than 30 minutes. There is simply a craving from your taste buds for more, a longing for an […]
This Ramadhan, try out the berbuka puasa spread at StarPoints Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Just a stone’s throw away from bustling streets, shopping centers, and stunning historic landmarks in the city centre. Offering a tantalising feast of International Ramadhan delicacies, prepared by StarPoints Hotel guest chefs from Pakistan.
In need of a break? Try out Terengganu’s latest hotel and apartment, Sumai Hotel Suite. It is located in Kuala Terengganu close to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, University Darul Iman Malaysia Kota Campus and nearby the Terengganu International Airport. The hotel has several types of apartments: Sumai Suite Apartment (3 units), Superior Apartment (37 […]
George Town, Penang’s state capital, has been known as a historically and culturally rich destination in Malaysia. And the good news is that visitors to the island state can have access to this wealth of experience for free! You just have to know where to look, and we’ve got just the tips for you. Rainforest […]
Mention the word “Kedah,” and the first picture that comes to mind would be its green paddy fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. And normally when talking about its tourist attractions, people would just recommend the popular island resort of Langkawi. Aside from beautiful Langkawi, Kedah has many other gorgeous gems […]
Question – what do Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam now have in common? Answer – MikeBikes. Yes, following in the tracks of the cycling city of Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur now has a new attraction – a cycling tour of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage areas utilising the original Dutch bicycle, no less, in the famous “oranje” colour! Nothing […]
Taman Negara is the crown jewel of tropical rainforests in Asia. Reputed as the oldest of its kind in the world (130 million years old), it has evolved amid natural disasters and been generally unmolested by human civilisation — creating an epicentre for the most diverse distribution of flora and fauna on the planet. There’s […]
Crazy Rich Asians is the current big hit in movie theatres right now. If you don’t already know, it is a rom-com movie about a guy, Nick Young, who brings home his Asian-American girlfriend to be introduced to his family in Singapore. Only then does the girlfriend, Rachel, realise that her boyfriend is a “crazy […]
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED Throughout our Taming Borneo blog and video series, we’ve shown you some of the best places to experience the adventures and cultures Borneo has to offer. But on our adventure trail, we’ve hit a few bumps on the road, sometimes literally. In these situations, it’s important to come well prepared and well […]
Shopping and sightseeing can be hard work…just ask any city tourist! At the end of a long, hard day of bargaining and negotiating, all you want to do is flop down and recuperate…A nice massage wouldn’t be too bad, either. While traditionally, wellness and spa centres have adopted European treatments, Balinese massage and Thai reflexology […]
An Afternoon at Klebang Beach As part of the Unesco Heritage Sites, the ‘Historic Cities of the Straits of Melaka’ needs no introduction. Many Malaysians are repeat visitors to this fascinating site. But today my friends and I decided to explore the area outside of the historic perimeter, to be precise, its coastal area. Over […]
Kenaboi Forest Reserve is located in the district of Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, which is about 85 km from Kuala Lumpur. Standing at 1,462 meters, Gunung Besar Hantu, which is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan, is situated in this forest reserve along with its highest waterfall, known as Lata Kijang (Deer Waterfall). In 2008, the […]
By Lloyd Green THE GATEWAY TO YOUR CHILDHOOD OKAY, so you’re a parent and your kids want to go to LEGOLAND Malaysia. They’ve been dreaming about this day since….well forever actually. The only ones that need real convincing are you and your wife. Sure, there’s the rides, displays and themed hotel room but what’s in […]
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